The Reds are the visiting team at Goodyear Ballpark against Cleveland this afternoon. Game time is 4:05 p.m. ET. Doesn’t look like there are any broadcasts other than MLB.tv radio. Here is Bryan Price’s lineup:
- Billy Hamilton CF
- Eugenio Suarez 3B
- Joey Votto 1B
- Scott Schebler RF
- Adam Duvall LF
- Sebastian Elizalde DH
- Devin Mesoraco C
- Brandon Dixon 2B
- Cliff Pennington SS
Tyler Mahle makes his first start of spring training, although its his fifth appearance. Mahle has 9Ks and 2BBs in 9.2 innings of work. As impressive as Mahle has been, it’s hard to see him making the Opening Day roster due to service time considerations. He accrued 36 days of major league service time in 2017. If the Reds want to gain another season of team control, they’ll have to hold him back about 48 days. That’s a May 17 call-up.
Other pitchers: Brice Austin, Zack Weiss, Kyle Crockett, Wandy Peralta and Oliver Perez. The last three are lefties competing for bullpen slots.
Lineup Notes Scooter Gennett was a late scratch from the lineup with a “sore right shoulder.” Sebastian Elizalde is an interesting choice for the DH plate appearances. Cliff Pennington playing for Jose Peraza.
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